PACE Center for Girls

Florida Channel

As Florida’s Human Trafficking Council continues working to combat modern day slavery, some members say they’re frustrated with how long it’s taking to implement solutions.

A statewide Florida nonprofit that teaches adolescent girls how to stay out of trouble has been awarded a three-and-a-half million dollar grant. The PACE Center for Girls intends to use that money and matching funds to both expand services and commission a study of its effectiveness.

The grant is a mix of federal dollars and money from the nonprofit Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Along with two other organizations nationwide, PACE won the grant for its potential to help at-risk youth.

WFSU

The scene is familiar. There are banners. There are balloons. Excited friends and family wander around taking photos of the soon-to-be graduates in their red cap and gowns. This is the graduation ceremony for the PACE Center for Girls, a partnership program run by the school district, and the department of juvenile justice. Students are referred to the center by both entities.

“If you look nationwide a lot of the problems we have in schools are females that have been abused or battered, and bring those issues to school and they act out because they’re seeking attention.”